CANCELLED: Emo Night Brooklyn Dance Dances with an in-person event

**Updated Wed. 9 at 1:30 pm (CST): Emo Night Brooklyn tweets out that their Sept. 11 event in Oklahoma is canceled.

Heavy online backlash is the assumed cause of the cancellation.

His lipstick, his collar, don’t bother angel, I know he contracted COVID from an emo night.

Or something like that.

The event was a re-scheduled date that was canceled during the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

The national emo night posted on their Facebook yesterday that the event, being held at the venue 89th Street-OKC, will not exceed 50% capacity.

“We believe the party can continue, safely … temperatures will be checked at the door, and mask-wearing will be required. Please contact the venue for more info on safety protocols.”

On Aug. 25, 89th Street posted on their Facebook page saying that they will be opened in September with limited capacity and mask requirements.So far, their website lists two other in-person events, one virtual show and a rescheduled concert for October.

Music writer Dan Ozzi wrote in his newsletter, Reply-Alt, about the recklessness of the event:

“Whether this individual event is relatively safe or not misses the point. Indoor gatherings of intoxicated and horny people are going to be spreaders on some level, plain and simple. And the more that happens, the more delays we all have to buckle down for.”

Most events and concerts were put on hold thanks to the coronavirus. Recent reports say the total cases of the virus in the U.S. is at 6.33 million including 189,000 deaths. Oklahoma reports 10,698 new cases and 123 deaths. The state overall contributes a total of over 65,000 confirmed cases and 854 deaths.

Similarly, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that rolled on last month has contributed to 260,000 new COVID cases, says NBC News. The ten-day event brought more than 400,000 people as well as performers like Smash Mouth, Trapt and Puddle of Mudd.

Many states have travel restrictions, masks mandates plus the heartbreaking separation of loved ones who are infected by COVID who are forced to deal with the disease alone to deter transmission to other individuals.

Emo Nite LA, which is a separate night entity from Emo Night Brooklyn, tweeted out their feelings about the event:

Shows have been on pause since the start of the COVID pandemic causing some venues to shutter for good; people out of work and unable to collect unemployment, artists unable to generate income from touring, proper releases etc. The music industry is campaigning to congress to pass the RestartAct and SaveOurStagesAct which would allow sufficient funding, which many venues were not eligible for with PPP loans, to venue owners to keep the lights on at independent music venues.

A thread by the Social Media Director of Metro Chicago tweeted out his personal thoughts and experience about the state of the industry:

The outcry from audiences and those in the industry concerning in-person events of any kind echoes especially to those unable to perform. If bands themselves who’s tracks are being looped through a Spotify playlist can’t get up on stage, neither should a DJ. For more information on how to help the music scene, visit saveourstages.com and NIVA.org.

New Fury Media reached out to Emo Night Brooklyn for comment but has yet to hear back.

Emo Night Brooklyn was started in 2015 by friends Alex and Evan, and began touring that same year. Other emo nites, national and local, have created virtual emo nights this year due to COVID. 

Tennessee rock band Roses Undead reveal “The Ugly Truth” with their new song – listen!

Roses Undead emerged in 2013 with their impressive debut self-titled album. Fast forward to 2020 the rising rock band has released 2 full length albums, and 2 EP’s. Roses Undead latest releases ‘Rapture’ was released in 2019, the EP got a deluxe release earlier this year. Roses Undead latest single release however takes their bar even high. The Tennessee rockers newest song ‘The Ugly Truth’ is a perfect fruition of the sound Roses Undead has built upon time and time again, improving along the way. Driven with a soft intro sequence the listener finds themselves catapulted in the high octane energy. The structure of the song is very well done! Listen for yourself!

Brand Of Sacrifice have finished recording their sophomore album

Brand Of Sacrifice. (Photo Credit: Rickelle Tavares)

Though they just released their acclaimed debut full-length God Hand last year, metal band Brand Of Sacrifice have been hard at work on album #2. The band, which includes members of Ascariasis and The Afterimage, have carved out an impressive name for themselves. The accolades resulted in the band being tapped to play the Summer Slaughter touring festival last year, which is nearly unheard of for such a young act, and yet their career is just beginning. Now, the band is prepping new music for release – and it appears they’ve finished work on their upcoming album, too.

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The Simple Radicals release scathing anti-Trump video “Rich Man Wanna Be King”

With a tagline of “Get ready for the new Revolution..”; The Simple Radicals are a band that makes it clear they have a purpose behind all the riffs. Founded in Chicago, Illinois, by John Malkin (lead vocals / guitar) and John Griffin (lead guitar / vocals), the band captures the passion and energy of their collective musical experience, with different tastes, sounds, and styles. The music they create is pure, visceral rock ‘n’ roll – poignant, from the heart, topical and direct. Their latest video “Rich Man Wanna Be King” is a scathing critique of possibly our least favorite human ever – Donald J. Trump, and is sure to start a fight when you play it around your Aunt Karen at your next family dinner. Enjoy the world premiere of the video & an interview with the band below!

Tell us about the creative process for the video. The intention and subject matter is pretty obvious (and awesome), but give us some more info about how you managed to create this in the middle of a pandemic with all the disruption going on!

The songwriting and creative process for “Rich Man Wanna Be King” was very fluid and rapid. I wrote the entire song in about an hour, recorded the scratch and sent it to the rest of the band. They loved it and laid down their parts and I went into Factory Underground Studios in Norwalk, CT to lay down the final vocals and my guitar parts. Once it was finished, we were going to release it as a standalone song but suddenly I had this flourish of ideas of how this would look as a video. I mean there are so many things that Trump has done over the last four years that it was so easy to come up with unique ways of expressing the intent and meaning of the song in a humorous yet candid way . He really thinks he is king which was perfect for coming up with the crown, scepter and cape. And the incident in front of the church. And the water glass. Etc. Whether you like him or not he certainly has provided a lot of visual material to work with. I took the concept to Factory Underground studio and worked with John Shyloski who shot and edited the video and also came up with some great visuals. The band was in Chicago so I actually played each part in the “band of Trumps” and John did an amazing job of editing it all together in a seamless way. And we did this all safe distanced of course!

Do you guys think alternative / punk bands have a “civic duty” to write protest music? Regardless of what side you’re on, it’s clear that music is a great way to communicate a point. Did you feel compelled to use your platform to talk about something important to you, and do you feel like more bands SHOULD be doing that?

Protest and cause music has been around for decades and there are many artists today who are very vocal about political, environmental and social causes.  One of my favorite musicians, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, is a classic example of that. Our band The Simple Radicals are not shy to express what we believe in.  We try to convey and capture to our fans what’s really going on in society with poignant lyrics and straight-from-the-heart energy. In fact, the title track and video to our album “New Revolution” is about using the power of one’s voice to elicit peaceful change and action. No “bombs or bullets by our side” as the lyrics state.  The song was released last year and we had no idea that it would resonate so closely to what is going on in the streets today. And while “Rich Man Wanna Be King” is a somewhat humorous and candid statement about Trump, you can certainly insert other politicians in that video. From both sides of the aisle. There are many good politicians but there are also some that are self-dealing, opportunistic, and personally disgusting in many ways.  At the end of the day, I think it’s entirely up to the band if they want to use their platform to express their views. If they think it’s important then do it.

What future plans does your band have, musically and otherwise?

This was going to be a huge year for us. We got invited to play two showcases at SXSW, play fests with Jefferson Starship, Molly Hatchet, Puddle of Mudd, Blackfoot, play a great gig in Chicago, etc. And then the apocalypse hit. Hopefully it improves enough or there is a safe vaccine so we can play live again. Now that “Rich Man Wanna Be King” is out, we’re going to soon release a wicked cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”. We collaborated with an incredible husband and wife team called Che-Val on that song. We also have another quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. We have a podcast called “Music & A Brew” that will soon launch where we interview musicians over a cold beer. We already did one with world-class drummer Kenny Aronoff and Todd Sucherman who drums for Styx. We also interviewed Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Daxx Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and Howard Stern’s former sidekick and joke writer, Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling. And we’re working on new material. Lots going on. But we hope to play live again sooner than later.

Anything we should know about you guys that we haven’t covered? 

We consider ourselves a “retro-rock and roll” band that combines sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Cheap Trick. And we love seeing that more and more people are discovering us and enjoying our music. Thank you! People can access our music through our website (www.thesimpleradicals.com) as well as on Spotify, Apple and Amazon. And please follow us on Facebook (The Simple Radicals), Twitter (@SimpleRadicals), Instagram (simpleradicals), and YouTube (The Simple Radicals).